McCaw is considered by many as the greatest openside flanker of all time due to his aggression at the breakdown and willingness to get stuck in at any point to steal the ball, he may even be considered the master of the breakdown.
He debuted for the Crusaders in 2001 and was also selected for the All Black’s end-of-year tour that year despite having only played a total of eight minutes of Super Rugby. He quickly became the first choice openside flanker and was first named All Black captain in 2004 at just 23 years of age.
In 2012 he became the first player to achieve 100 test victories – an incredible record given he has only lost 12. McCaw captained Canterbury to the national provincial title in 2004 and then led the Crusaders to back to back titles in 2005 and 2006 and again in 2008.
He continued great Super Rugby and International form as he winds down his career with the focus on retaining the RWC in 2015.
On 18 November 2015 McCaw announced the immediate end of his active career.
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